Varsity Triumph for Men’s Blues

first_imgMen’s Blues 113:99 Women’s Blues 90:100 Men’s Seconds 96:114 Women’s Seconds 69:119 The many spectators that braved the variable weather conditions to watch the 129th Varsity Athletics Match witnessed a day of intense, passion fuelled competition as the Men’s Blues extended their sequence of victories to 6 and the Women’s Blues narrowly failed to repeat last year’s victory. Although both Oxford 2nd teams lost, the performances were gutsy and the pride of representing Oxford in this historic occasion shone through. Many stalwarts of OUAC closed the chapters on their Varsity careers with exceptional performances. Jenny Duff repeated her triple victory of 2002 in the hammer, shot put and discus and was deservedly awarded the Susan Dennler trophy for best female performance. Oxford indeed dominated the heavy throws with C. Kapande placing 2nd in both the hammer and discus and O. Reade 2nd in the shot. Chris Sleeman won the 400m hurdles by 0.1s in 52.8s, overhauling his nemesis, S. Green, with a determined surge off the last hurdle. He also easily won the 400m. Nick Talbot extended his unprecedented sequence of 3,000m steeplechase victories to 5 in his final appearance in dark blue. Women’s captain Helen Edmundson blitzed the opposition with a new personal best of 12.2s in the 100m and a 25.9s 200m victory, ably supported by S. Burns who placed 2nd in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m. Finlay Wright was cruelly denied victory in the 100m when his hamstring pulled with 7m remaining. Despite the immense pain he still finished 2nd in 10.9, the same time given to 1st place. Sam Watts, who has fought injury this year, ran exceptionally well in the 400m hurdles to take 2nd place in a blues standard time, behind a meeting record by K. Taylor of Cambridge. There were fine performances from OUAC’s Varsity Match debutants. Fraser Thompson was majestic and indestructible in the 1500 and 5,000, leading Oxford to 1-2s in both events with N. Talbot and J. Brooks securing the 2nd places. Steven McCauley’s roars echoed across the track as he launched the shot put and discus to secure 1st place in both events. Sean Gourley got the crowds urging him on as he leapt to long jump victory in an impressive 7.01m. He also won the pole vault in 4.20m. Kathryn Hesketh recovered from injury to achieve a 11.13m leap and Hannah Barnes soared to a meeting best performance of 2.20m in the pole vault. The performances of the veterans were no less impressive. Dave and Pete Harding could not quite manage a 1-2 in the javelin but Dave did finally secure his 1st victory with 53.11m. Sarah Lane was 20cm away from victory in the long jump. Helen Zenner and Emily Crowley performed well to take 2nd and 3rd in both the 800m and 1500m behind Cambridge’s class athlete E. Leggate. Highlights from the 2nd team matches included victories for L. Bromilow in the 800m, S. Lowery in the high jump, G.Davies in the 5,000 and 1-2s in the 110mh by O. Odudu and J. Crawshaw.ARCHIVE: 4th Week TT 2003last_img read more

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PA Woman Struck, Killed in Amityville

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Pennsylvania woman was fatally struck by an SUV while crossing a street in the driver’s hometown of Amityville on Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police said Lora Rohner, of Stroudsburg, Penn., was walking across Oak Street  when she was hit by an Acura that was making a left turn out of a parking lot at 9:30 a.m.The victim was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, where she was pronounced dead.The driver, 31-year-old Yeimy Pichardo-Cruz, was not injured.First Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img

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Fantasy Football TE Sleepers: Ian Thomas, Irv Smith Jr., and Taysom Hill (?) among potential breakout tight ends

first_imgThe tight end position features only a handful of truly elite options heading into 2020. Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Darren Waller, Zach Ertz, and Mark Andrews were the only five tight ends who scored more than 200 fantasy points last year. Fantasy football owners who cannot land one of those five options (and Evan Engram and Hunter Henry) must be on the lookout for the right TE sleeper or potential breakout later in their draft, even if that means drafting a backup.  Here’s a closer look at nine potentially undervalued TEs, from those who will go in the middle rounds to those who might not be drafted at all.  2020 Fantasy Sleepers:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiverFantasy Football TE SleepersHayden Hurst, Falcons  Hurst won’t have to share targets in Atlanta as the main option, and that increased role should lead to more production with Matt Ryan. Hurst’s reliability is a huge plus. He had 43 catches on 62 targets – a catch percentage of 69.3 — the past two seasons. Expect career highs in receptions, yards and TDs, perhaps even on par with Austin Hooper’s averages the past two seasons in Atlanta (73 catches, 92.5 targets, 723.5 yards, five TDs). Jonnu Smith, Titans Smith is another reliable target, catching 35-of-44 targets last season. There is a boom-or-bust-factor at work, as Smith also had four games with no catches in 2019 and relied on big plays in other games to pad his stats. Still, the increased consistency in the second half of the season showed his potential, and with Delanie Walker officially out of town, he should see a big uptick in targets. Given his explosiveness, that could mean big things at a traditionally touchdown-reliant position.Mike Gesicki, Dolphins  Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is going to need a safety valve when he eventually takes over, and Gesicki fits that description heading into his third season. Gesicki put up 20 catches, 49.6 yards per game and three TDs in Miami’s final five games in 2019 – a consistent run of production that would make him an every-week starter over a full season.  Ian Thomas, Panthers Thomas put up modest totals with revolving-door quarterbacks in his first two seasons with the Panthers, but the addition of Teddy Bridgewater — and more important, the official exit of Greg Olsen — gives the third-year tight end a new-found opportunity. Thomas might be a better fit in PPR leagues early in the season, and he’ll need to score more TDs to be an every-week option. Still, he won’t cost much on draft day and has big upside in Carolina’s ball-control offense.  Chris Herndon, Jets  Herndon was a legitimate sleeper pick heading into 2019, but he missed most of last season because of suspension and a fractured rib. He averaged 12.9 yards per catch with four TDs as a rookie, and the key will be recapturing that rapport with third-year quarterback Sam Darnold. Some of that sleeper shine has worn off Herndon, but that could make him a sneaky post-hype value pick in the later rounds.  Blake Jarwin, Cowboys  Jarwin gets the chance to emerge in Dallas’ offense now that Jason Witten, who signed with the Raiders, is out of the picture. That means more receptions and yards, but that’s not the biggest upside to taking Jarwin. Seven of Jarwin’s 31 receptions last season went for 20 yards or more, and he will continue to be a down-field threat and red-zone target given the receiving talent the Cowobys have around him.   Irv Smith Jr., Vikings  Smith had two games with more than 50 yards receiving as a rookie, but he is poised to make the jump in his second season. A 76.6 catch percentage shows that Smith makes the most of his targets. Smith still is fighting for looks with veteran Kyle Rudolph, however, so the key will be taking advantage of red-zone opportunities and converting big plays when given the chance. Given his athleticism, Smith Jr. has major upside.  C.J. Uzomah, Bengals Uzomah’s production slipped last season, but the good news is he no longer has to split targets with Tyler Eifert, who left for Jacksonville. That, coupled with the addition of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow – should lead to a more prominent role in the offense. If Uzomah can revert to his 2018 form and tack on a few more TDs, then he will emerge as at least a streaming option in standard leagues.  Taysom Hill, Saints Hill is now listed as a tight end/flex play in ESPN leagues for 2020, and that adds to his switch-blade appeal in any format. Hill had 19 catches on 22 targets last season, and he scored seven TDs on just 46 offensive touches. Hill had more than 50 total yards in just one game, but the TD appeal at the position is nice.last_img read more

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